Wetherspoon's latest news
By susanhubbard | Tuesday, November 16, 2010, 17:41
JD Wetherspoon has now submitted a planning application for converting the Oxford bingo hall into a pub.
Oxford Bingo Hall - Wetherspoons is applying to convert it into a pub.
The application seeks permission for change of use from bingo club to public house, and comments are invited from Canterbury City Council by 10th December.
As reported already on this site, Wetherspoon's has also submitted a licensing application to the city council, which includes requests to show films seven days of the week, provide late night refreshments, and sell or supply alcohol until midnight Sunday - Wednesday, and until 1am on Thurs, Fri and Sat. The final day for objections to the application was 9th November.
The building was formerly the Oxford Picture Hall, which was rebuilt on the site in its current art deco style in 1936. It closed in October 1984.
The current application to show films has some support in the town among people who would like to see a local cinema functioning again (see comments on our earlier story). However, Wetherspoon's exact plans are not yet clear, and there is also feeling that Whitstable does not want a 'chain' pub.
There are three more meetings of the council's licensing sub-committee before the end of the year. The agenda for the next meeting, on 23 November, has been published on the council website and does not obviously include the Wetherspoon's application.
What do you think?